Category Archives: Doing Business in India

The Virus Warriors Ride Again

Back in January 2010, I wrote about the virus-warriors of Chennai — Microsoft’s Consumer Security Support team. Yesterday, I had occasion to call them again. They’re still awesome, though the phone access isn’t as good as last year. (And they’re … Continue reading

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A US Cellphone in India

Recently, I was planning a trip to India, and a crucial issue came up: How was I to stay connected? Would my US cellphone work in India? I’d had uneven results on earlier trips, and used a patchwork of solutions (usually … Continue reading

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India’s Population: Explosion and Demographic Dividend

Recently, my friend Bhaswati Mukherjee, the Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands, sent me a copy of a speech she made.   “You may find it of interest,” she wrote. I did. Bhaswati and I are old friends; we  were at school … Continue reading

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Air India Crash: The Reason Why

Back in May 2010, I blogged about a tragic Air India flight from Dubai that crashed in Mangalore and killed 158 people. The plane ran out of runway on the airport, which is built on a narrow plateau. It went … Continue reading

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Asia: Upward Wage Pressure

There’s an atmosphere of uncertainty, even gloom, about employment in the US. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in California for September 2010 was  12.4% and there’s no immediate sign of improvement. So the document that landed in my email box … Continue reading

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Vodafone vs Indian Taxes : The Continuing Adventures

Edited to Add (January 20, 2012):  Finally it’s done. Vodafone won. Edited to Add (28 July 2011):  Vodafone is still in battle. It’s created an escrow account for $2.5 billion — but says that if it loses, the actual bill … Continue reading

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Mosquito Madness

Sometimes, it seems like the bugs are taking back the world. New York’s got bedbugs, which are spreading all over the US. The blame, apparently, lies with the banning of toxic insecticides that were Even Worse Than Bedbugs: Malathion and … Continue reading

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